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Investment symposium in Charleston March 11th

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One of our state’s institutions of higher learning will soon be bringing in over 30 globally-recognized financial professionals to help conduct a symposium on the latest trends in the investment industry. Mike Switzer interviews Mark Pyles, finance professor and director of the School of Business Investment Program at the College of Charleston, which will host its eighth annual Strategic Investment Symposium on March 11th.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.